The two roles for women

Posted: May 3, 2012 by Jender in failure to take women seriously

I don’t have a specific story but rather a general observation about the way that female faculty figure in my department. Power seems mostly to be controlled by male faculty members as most of the senior faculty and full professors are men. Although we have a number of female faculty there seem to be two general roles they can play, each defined by how they are seen by the men. One can get cast in the good role by flattering male egos, agreeing and not raising issues. On the other hand, women who disagree, make requests and raise issues are seem as problematic. Men on the other hand don’t seem to be expected to agree and flatter and their complaints in general seem to be taken quite seriously.

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